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Eight Things About Me

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Melinda Snodgrass has "tagged" me, she informs me. And now I must reveal eight things about myself. Presumably eight things that I haven't revealed before, or at least not widely, or else what fun would it be?

So... eight things about me that most of you would probably never suspect.

1) The first vote I ever cast was for a Republican, New Jersey's distinguished senior senator and favorite son, Clifford B. Case.

2) I had a crew cut all through junior high, high school, and most of college.

3) My favorite guilty pleasure movie is SUMMER LOVERS. I want to go to the island of Santorini and have a menage a trois with Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quinessen.

4) When I was in my twenties people used to tell me I looked like Kris Kristofferson. Now they tell me I look like Jerry Garcia. And he's dead. I don't like this trend.

5) I like writing when it's going well, but I LOVE having written.

6) My favorite song is Kris Kristofferson's "The Pilgrim, Chapter 33." (See him busted on the sidewalk in his jacket and his jeans, wearing yesterday's misfortunes like a smile). I am also very fond of "Me and Bobby McGee" and "To Beat the Devil" and "Silver" and a lot of Kris's other songs. Maybe that's why I was pleased when people said I looked like him.

7) I have never been defeated at RISK when I have the red army. Never. And I started playing RISK in grade school. Foemen tremble when I rattle my dice. Except when they make me play green or black or some other color. Then I am merely mortal.

8) Windows sucks. I use it, under protest, for the internet, but all my fiction is written on a DOS machine, using WordStar 4.0. I'm a word guy. When I want to copy something, I like to type "copy." When I want to delete it, I like to type "delete." I don't like puzzling out these stupid little cartoons they call icons, or dragging them around with a mouse. The day WordStar 4.0 stops working is the day I retire.

So there you have it. My revelations.

And now, if I understand the rules of this "game of eight" correctly, I must tag someone else, just as Melinda tagged me. Let me look around. Hmmmmm, who... ah...

STEVE LEIGH! You're tagged!

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throwingshapes
May. 18th, 2007 07:59 am (UTC)
Whoo ! First comment is from me :-)

I was just thinking tonight that the lack of updating your "not-a-blog" must be a good sign of progress with the book.

I don't think you look much like Jerry Garcia..
skiesclear
May. 30th, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
madbard
May. 18th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)
I think WordStar 4.0 technically stopped working in 1987. But keep pounding that chest cavity!
dannywilson
May. 18th, 2007 08:04 am (UTC)
I too, love the feeling of a DOS machine Mr. Martin. It just feels more "earthy" if you will. More like you're controlling the machine rather than the other way around.
cailleanlarkin
May. 18th, 2007 12:41 pm (UTC)
I feel that way about driving a stick vs. an automatic car.
sudyn
May. 18th, 2007 08:07 am (UTC)
When I was in my twenties people used to tell me I looked like Kris Kristofferson. Now they tell me I look like Jerry Garcia. And he's dead. I don't like this trend.
heheeh. too funny! and your fifth comment cracked me up, too. =P

I bet that a bunch of folks will be bombarding you with memes now.
koyotesdaughter
May. 18th, 2007 08:09 am (UTC)
I tagged you for this one, too, but it was simply because I was picking people unlikely to actually do the meme. Also, it was funny.
otaku_cat
May. 18th, 2007 08:12 am (UTC)
Aww, this is great. I love following your blog for the fast updates on Ice and Fire and whatnot, but I really love when you do one of these "real" blog posts, so to speak. Makes you more like a real person, and not just the author of our favourite book series.

Of course, as much as I love this humanizing look, don't feel obligated! I am, of course, one of those fans that doesn't want you doing anything that will interrupt the progress on the next book :P
breadbox
May. 18th, 2007 08:25 am (UTC)
methinks i have never lost risk with yellow army...

one day.. i shall challenge you..
stephen_dedman
May. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
You use WordStar? Voluntarily?

I can only hope it's greatly improved from the version I used in the 1980s.
thudthwacker
May. 18th, 2007 01:33 pm (UTC)
Well, the man did specify he was using WordStar 4 for DOS, which according to this page was released in 1987. So, jah, very possibly the one you were using in the 80's.
(no subject) - depleater - May. 18th, 2007 01:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
dajamieson
May. 18th, 2007 08:35 am (UTC)
I've never lost a game of risk playing any colour.


(course, I've only ever played one game:p)
stegoking
May. 18th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Ok, two things:

1. I can't beat you in trivia, but I can whoop you in Risk, Jamie.

2. Time to change the picture. I get these strange.... feelings every time I see it.
(no subject) - xraytheenforcer - May. 18th, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC) - Expand
kylara
May. 18th, 2007 08:55 am (UTC)
Was that thunder? No no, wait... I think that's the sound of half your fanbase running to find alternate working copies of WordStar 4.0, just in case.
thudthwacker
May. 18th, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
"Learn all that is learnable. Transmit that information back to the Creator."
No fear -- WordStar has enough of a following that there are workalikes available, and I believe most (if not all) versions have been confirmed to work under various DOS emulators. Someday, GRRM will be seated at a 4THz quad-core machine, happily typing away in the interface he loves.
the_lady_snow
May. 18th, 2007 09:07 am (UTC)
lynx
how 'bout linux and a mac as opposed to windows and a pc??? [yes, dos is good, too.] :D

"throwingshapes" avatar reminds me of hendrix and i agree that you do not look like garcia ;)

grrm, in the pic where you are in front of a castle w/sunglasses, jacket, and hat, you look like you could be related to my brother when he puts on sunglasses, jacket, and hat. so, you could say that you look like my brother. are you scottish, maybe?

does anyone know why a meme is called a meme and how it came 'bout?

this is sort of off the subject, but i think someone rushed s.raimi into making "spiderman 3," because the movie's horrendous. grrm, please take as long as you want w/"dragons," (*ducks*) i don't want "dragons" to end up like "spiderman 3."
missyfern
May. 18th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
Re: lynx
A "meme" is a repeated thought. Meme's get their name through the way they're copied over and over along the internet - a repeated thought pattern.
That's what i've heard anyway!

I liked this entry! It made me giggle - it's nice to remember someone who can create fiction i love so much is a real person.

I always lose Risk, whatever colour i play (it's why i don't play often). We could team up and give others a chance (plus, i'd love to actually win for once...)
Re: lynx - odiedragon - May. 18th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: lynx - the_lady_snow - May. 19th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: lynx - missyfern - May. 20th, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
cerandor
May. 18th, 2007 09:09 am (UTC)
The feeling of "having written" is one of the best there is. I love browsing through the folders of my stories, being reminded of nice phrases that I've forgotten.
rhazer
May. 21st, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
have we read any of your works?
(no subject) - cerandor - May. 21st, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC) - Expand
sermelt
May. 18th, 2007 09:13 am (UTC)
* sings * busted flat in Baton Rouge , waiting for a train , feeling just as faded as my jeans ...

I don't think you look a bit like Jerry Garcia , you look rather like this dashing author chappie that we are all fond of ;)
astriana_
May. 18th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
*picks up the tune*
...Bobby thumbed a diesel down, just 'fore it rained, that rode all the way to New Orleans...

Garcia, huh? I'm not seein' it.
(no subject) - adamjaskie - May. 18th, 2007 01:25 pm (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - dayquilblue - May. 18th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC) - Expand
theinimitable_l
May. 18th, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)
>>The day WordStar 4.0 stops working is the day I retire.

Might I suggest you switch to a Mac? You know, just in case...
neurona_muerta
May. 18th, 2007 09:55 am (UTC)
You always win at Risk with the red army? I always win with the black one... Maybe we should play Risk together sometime... :D
parhelion_spark
May. 18th, 2007 09:58 am (UTC)
#7 kicks you up a spot on the literary!heroes list.

The fact itself is reasonably awesome, mind, but the way it was put inspired a few giggles, and obviously, that counts for much more than any actual merit.
Huzzah!
its_probably_me
May. 18th, 2007 10:11 am (UTC)
All hail WordStar!!!
cersei_caress
May. 18th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
You do not look like Jerry Garcia.

I think you're gonna be challenged indefinitely now for RISK tournaments :D

hippoiathanatoi
May. 18th, 2007 10:25 am (UTC)
From this Wikipedia article, WordStar really seems to have a very strong, dedicated following. But how long will WordStar 4.0 run? Apparently, it should work in Vista, but not in full-screen without installing XP video drivers or, alternatively, using a DOS emulator like DOSBox (which is, frankly, a really weird way to go about things -- but it would basically let you use WordStar on any operating system, including Macs and Linux).

Even if ultimately WordStar 4.0 becomes impossible to run without far more effort than it's worth, there's some "heirs to WordStar" around, from programs like Write&Set, a WordStar emulator for Microsoft Word, and so on.
stegoking
May. 18th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)
In my limited experience, NOTHING works in Vista.
(no subject) - the_lady_snow - May. 20th, 2007 01:50 am (UTC) - Expand
virtualization - trutwijd - May. 18th, 2007 12:55 pm (UTC) - Expand
hendrikboom
May. 18th, 2007 11:22 am (UTC)
You're still using DOS! My DOS failed in 2000, when the current date became illegal for its date-recognition algorithm! You must be one of the blessed ones. But I did discover:

(a) Linux has a good DOS emulator (better than XP, I'm told!)
(b) Linux has a text-based web browser (lynx). Of course, you won't get pictures or video in text mode.
(c) Linux can be installed without uninstalling Windows or Dos if there's enough disk space available.
trutwijd
May. 18th, 2007 12:58 pm (UTC)
All true. I run all my computers on various flavors of Linux - but as mentioned in a previous post I use virtualization tools like VirtualBox to load up Windows when needed.

elinks (http://elinks.or.cz/) beats lynx in console-based browsing.
tortoises
May. 18th, 2007 11:35 am (UTC)
Methinks I need to investigate this 'RISK'.
trebor1415
May. 18th, 2007 11:37 am (UTC)
Wordstar! Woot! I remember writing movie review with a buddy for the college paper over at his place using his Heathkit H/89 and Wordstar. Then I used an even older version when I worked as a reporter at a local radio station. I still miss Wordstar in some ways. I *loved* watching the paragraphs reform and realign when you did an edit.
xraytheenforcer
May. 18th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
ahahaha I was wondering if and when you were going to get in on the action. But I would not have pegged you as a Kris Kristofferson fan. (for some reason, I thought it'd be Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and Hank Williams -- that'll learn me!)
puzzeled
May. 18th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I was thinking more of Bob Dylan... For some reason the lyrics in some of his songs made me think that...
skjaere
May. 18th, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
1) Same here. I was a senior in high school and I voted for Bob Dole. I don't remember why.... I still like to tell people that I've not voted for the same party in any of the three presidential elections I've been able to vote in.

4 & 6) I'm not familiar with Mr Kristofferson's work, but he currently lives in my hometown. I see him buying groceries sometimes when I'm home.

5) Yeah, me too. Even if all I write is fanfic, there's a certain satisfaction in a job well done, especially when someone tells you it's good.

8) I hate Windows too. But then, I have always been a Mac user.

I don't know why I felt the need to respond to this, just that aside from really loving your writing, you seem like an interesting a fun guy. Anyway, hope the writing continues to go well!
trutwijd
May. 18th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)
At least you didn't vote for Jesse Ventura like I did. *shudders*
sleigh
May. 18th, 2007 12:08 pm (UTC)
No! You missed me!

Oh, OK... !) I actually had a menage a trois with Darryl Hannah and Valerie Quinessen on Santorini...

Hmmm, I guess I'll have to go put together a post.
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